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Drinking Water, What to Test For...

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The following information was derived from an EPA document entitled, Citizen Monitoring:

"Recommendations to Household Well Users" (EPA 570/9-90-006). We hope that the information contained herein will give you a broader understanding of your testing options.


Approximately 15 percent of the American public (40 million people) receives their drinking water from individually owned and operated sources such as household wells. As "private" sources, well owners are solely responsible for the quality of the water provided.


The Contamination of private wells by other chemical contaminants, whether naturally occurring or man-made, remains a potential problem but generally occurs less frequently than the types of contamination described above. The degree to which any well is vulnerable to contamination depends upon a variety of factors including local geology; depth to water table; characteristics of soil, water, and climate; local land-use activities; and characteristics of home plumbing materials, and past work done on a well or plumbing system. WATER QUALITY IS VERY REGIONAL, EVEN FROM ONE ZIP CODE TO THE NEXT.

  •  Test your water for bacteria at least once per year. If any changes are noticed in the water's taste, odor, or color, conduct bacteriological tests on at least a quarterly basis.

  • Test your water for nitrates once a year- especially if young children and women of childbearing age are consuming the water.

  • Test your primary kitchen tap at least once for the presence oflead.

  • Test for other contaminants of concern based upon the location of the well.

    • Radium if the well is located in Northern AA County.

    • Salt Water Intrusion if the well is located a block of less from the water.

    • Arsenic if the well is in Calvert, St. Mary’s, Eastern Shore or if in AA & the pH is 6 or less & the well is in Mayo, Edgewater, Arnold or Annapolis.

    • Cadmium if the well is located in AA & the pH is 6 or less & the well is in Mayo, Edgewater, Arnold or Annapolis.

Iron & pH Not health related but provides insight into the condition of the water treatment equipment.

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